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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 10th 2010
6--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, April 10, 2010 Heads-up from windscreen General Motors has started work on a new head-up display for car windscreens that will help to decrease accidents on our roads. Mark Hinchliffe reports SCREEN GRAB: GM's full windshield head-up display technology, combined with night vision technology, allows for objects, such as deer, to be highlighted for the driver, preventing potential accidents. Y OUR windscreen could soon read road signs, guide you through thick fog and show you where to go. GM this week revealed they are working on the next- generation head-up display which uses the entire wind- screen as a transparent dis- play. Current head-up dis- plays, such as that featured in upmarket BMWs is limited to small screens directly in front of the driver. The screen GM has devel- oped at its Michigan global research and development centre has a phosphor coating which reacts when a small laser projects information on it, creating different colours. GM lab manager Thomas Seder explained the safety ben- efits in the technology at the launch. ''Let's say you're driving in fog; we could use the vehicle's infrared cameras to identify where the edge of the road is and the lasers could paint the edge onto the windshield so the driver knows where it is,'' he said. GM is working with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California to develop the sys- tem ahead of its production debut in 2016. Holden external communi- cations director Emily Perry says the head-up display devel- opment is ''a really exciting'' project that has generated lots of interest in Australia as well. ''We look at all technologies that GM has to offer, particu- larly when it comes to improv- ing road safety,'' she says. ''We can't comment on how or where it would be rolled out first, but should the sys- tem be commercialised, it could be a huge step forward in making driving safer.'' The head-up windscreen is expected to feature an evol- ution of GM's road sign recog- nition system that tells the driver the speed limit. It would be expanded to alert the driver to speed limits with a laser drawing a ring around the sign. The system is also expected to be linked to the satnav to alert the driver of their de- sired exit by reading traffic signs. Long Ride highlights prostate risk H UNDREDS of motorcycle riders around the country will raise awareness of prostate cancer as they spend thousands of kilometres sitting on theirs. The third Long Ride for charity will this year head to Darwin where the first ride in 2007 raised $50,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Riders will start in each capital city with Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland riders meeting in Charleville, South Aust- ralian riders joining at Ten- nant Creek and West Aust- ralians joining in Katherine for the ride into Darwin and a big celebration party. More than $30,000 has al- ready been raised with sev- eral weeks of fundraising still to go before the May 8 event. The appropriately named Richard Ridings has been co-ordinating hundreds of members of the Harley Ow- ners Group, Ulysses ma- ture aged riders and pri- vate riders for the Queensland leg of the Long Ride. ''We've got people coming from every state as well as the UK and Germany,'' he said. Some of the riders have been touched by prostate cancer in their family, while many others are doing it to honour fallen fellow riders, including Rudi Esman of Brisbane who will carry the ashes of brother-in-law Andrew Syme who died in a bike crash in October. ''We rode together on many occasions and we'll take this last long ride together,'' he said. Suzy and Doug Doyle will ride their Harleys to raise awareness of the cancer which is the second greatest cause of cancer deaths in men after mela- noma. ''I have my husband, a son and a brother and I don't want them getting it,'' she said. The Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia says that if detected early with a simple blood test or exam- ination, prostate cancer is often treatable and curable. The foundation recom- mends men aged 50 and over, or 40 if there is a family history of prostate cancer, should not wait for symptoms, but speak to their doctor. Ridings said the Long Ride was designed to help people make a difference in their lives and others. Visit: freewebs.com/ longride2010 MARK HINCHLIFFE Wow, it's Xiao, Jiao and Miao NEIL McDONALD DON'T laugh, but General Motors be- lieves its new two-seater Holden city car called the Xiao, will re-invent the auto- mobile. The Xiao (it means laugh) was designed by GM-Holden designers in Port Mel- bourne to showcase 21st century thinking. It is one of three GM concepts destined for this year's World Expo in Shanghai. Called EN-V for electric networked vehicle, the three carbon fibre commuter cars use high-tech electronics to interact with other drivers and the road network. Former GM-Holden executive Kevin Wale, now president and managing direc- tor of GM-China, boldly says the concepts provide an ideal solution for urban mobility that enables future driving to be free from petroleum and emissions, free from congestion and accidents. The Xiao will be joined by the Jiao and Miao. The Jiao, which means pride, was penned by GM's European designers and the Miao, which means magic, came out of GM's advance design studio in California. The cars have evolved from an electric prototype developed last year by Segway. Each is powered by two lithium ion electric motors in each of its driving wheels that give the cars a commuting range of 40km. They can be recharged using a conven- tional household power outlet and can search the electricity grid to find out the most suitable off-peak time to recharge. Using drive-by-wire technology, the electric motors not only power the car but act as brakes. At just 1.5m long, they are even shorter than a tiny Smart ForTwo and have a footprint about a third of the size of a small hatchback. Extensive use of carbon fibre and other high-tech materials have kept weight to just 500kg without compromis- ing safety. 349 Midland Hwy, Brighton 03 6263 3833 Download a free catalogue at: manheimfowles.com.au Accepting entries for our next auc tion on 13 May. Full contact details above Looking to sell? Truck & Machinery Enquiries: Lester Tamlyn on 6263 3833 or 0400 009 108. Viewing: Wednesday 14 April 10am to 4pm and auction day. Prime Mover Fuso Canter Tipper Scania Coach Public Auction Thu 15 April at 10am PRIME MOVERS: 03 Western Star 4900FA, 98 Iveco 7500 Powerstar, 96 Western Star 3800E, 95 International S/Line 3600 TRUCKS: 07 Fuso Canter Tipper, 07 Hino GH1J Flat Tray, 99 Hino FG1J Side load Garbage Truck, 99 Ford L9000 10 Yard Tipper, 96 Hino GH Supereagle EWP, 95 Hino GT3HHKA Osprey Tipper, 79 Ford 9000 10 Yard Tipper, 89 Toyota Dyna Dual Cab, 76 Ford 8000 10 Yard Tipper TRAILERS: 08 Custom Roadwest Container Tria xle Skel Trailer, 96 Steel Bros. SBS2933 Side Load Container Skel Trailer, 87 Krueger Drop Deck Cutainside, 97 Krueger ST3-35 Flat Bed Triaxle Trailer, 98 Krueger Flet Bed Tandem Axle Trailer MACHINERY: 02 JCB 8032 ZTS Excavator, 01 Toyota 4SDK10 Skid Steer Loader with Ramps, 95 Case Inter national 7210 Tractor, 07 Keenan Klassic Bale Handler, 02 Ingersoll Rand SD-1052DX TF Series Roller, 92 ABG Titan 3 Asphalt Paver, Bomag Pedestrian Roller, Mitsubishi FG18 Forklift, Clark GPM15N Forklift SALVAGE: 08 Mack Titan Prime Mover with Tipper Body, 78 Viscount Supreme Caravan, 96 Toyota Dyna 300 Pantech Truck GENERAL GOODS: 08 12Mx4M Transpor table Ablution Blocks x 2 , 89 Scania K113 55 Seater Coach, Various Truck Tyres, Water Tank 1000 Gal Skid mounted RECREATIONAL: 91 Nissan Civilian Camper van, 4M Aluminium Dinghy with Outboard on Trailer. Featuring: Prime Movers, Trailers, Trucks, Fork Lifts
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